"One-punch power" and "bantamweights" usually don't mix but they apply for Saturday's showdown between WBC/WBO champion Fernando Montiel and Filipino dynamo Nonito Donaire. This may be the most explosive 118-pound encounter since Carlos Zarate and Alfonso Zamora met in an over-the-weight match in 1977 and if Montiel-Donaire even approaches those pyrotechnics, we'll be in for a treat. Donaire is nearly a 2-1 favorite. Each man's CompuBox histories revealed factors that could affect the outcome.
by Nat Gottlieb
Although Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire's fight on Feb. 19 is scheduled for 12 rounds, each feels confident of putting down his opponent well before the final bell rings. Will it be Donaire, the Filipino whose stunning 5th round stoppage of previously unbeaten Vic Darchinyan in 2007 was named "Knockout of the Year"? Or pint-size Fernando Montiel, who hits with the kick of mule and is one of the most feared punchers in the game?